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Posted By: MartinRyan
13-Mar-09 - 03:41 AM
Thread Name: Folklore: Gallows Humour-laughing at death/disease
Subject: RE: Folklore: Gallows Humor-laughing at death/disease
Tom Munnelly, foremost Irish song collector and folklorist, faced approaching death with great humanist courage and no little humour. Shortly before he died (of cancer, as it happens), I was privileged to attend a kind of "anticipatory wake" in Tom's home. He apologised for the absence of the (wicker) coffin in the corner of the room by announcing "It's on order but it hasn't arrived yet!"


p.s. Any guesses as to what I sang on the night?